The Bellapais Gardens Hotel Restaurant is situated immediately beneath the walls of Bellapais Abbey and has a stunning view down to the coast. We experienced superb food and excellent service on the two evenings that we went there.
This small restaurant located on the top of the village of Lapta, west of Girne is based in the bottom half of the owner's house. They also have a wide patio which would have terrific views over the village and the coastline. My guess would be they use this in the summer but as we were there in late October all the tables were moved inside. It's a very friendly, small family run place. You can guarantee freshly cooked food of Cypriot origin. The second night we went we had arranged with the owner to have the special fish which he'd bought in specially for us. Unfortunately I can no longer remember its name but it tasted great and the meal and ambience was superb. Our 3 teenagers liked the food and were well looked after. My daughter was impressed with the paper flower folded from her napkin by the waiter.
All in all we had two really great meals there. The added bonus was that we could walk there from our house.
We have three favourites:
There are two Niazis with virtually identical menus. The upmarket Niazis is the one near Rocks Hotel. It is usually crowded. It has an open BBQ inside the restaurant. The one we go to is slightly out of town on the road towards the Jasmine Court. It is very reasonable at less than ten pounds per head. Any main course kebab [try the full mixed kebab] includes pitta, the salad bar, kebab, rice and chips - a whole meal. We have never had dessert. We recommend Niazis for its good value.
The Carob Cafe is one of the many restaurants facing the harbour. It is in an old carob warehouse. It has two roof terraces. Prime tables are on ther upper roof facing the harbour. There is a set menu at 35 Turkish Lira [in 2006] or a la carte. The set menu is three course; meze or soup, a choice of main coursees and a choice of desserts. We came here twice in our last one week visit. Once having the set menu and once being less hungry eating from the a la carte without a starter.
Efendi is the restaurant we couldn't find on our first visit as it is tucked away in the old Turkish tradesmens quarter. We found it on our second visit, got a mobile number and were able to go. It is very discrete from the outside. In the summer you pass through into a courtyard. It is owned by a UK couple. It is not a Turkish restaurant as such. It does a variety of bistro type meals but all using local produce. There is no set menu. It is a la carte. Starters are circa 10 Turkish Lira, main couses vary but say 20 to 35 Turkish Lira [TL] and desserts circa 10 TL from memory. So potentially more expensive than the Carob. But definitely worth a visit. It is difficult to find on foot. Start at The Colony Hotel and walk out of town as far as the Gents Hairdressers on the right and the Kaya Market on the left. Turn left, go along and turn right and then right again. It is worth finding. The phone number we had in 2006 was 0392 815 1149.
We hope this tip is useful.
Bob and Anne Wright
Favorite Dish: See above.
this restaurant is located on top of a hill in Lapta. The view from the terrace is amazing. The walk towards the restaurant can be exciting because of the lack of streetlights! Bring your own!
Favorite Dish: Ask for mezzedes. The table will soon be filled with small samples of every dish they serve. Don't order a main dish untill you have eaten the mezze. There might not be room for it!
Niazi's seems to be the most popular restaurant in Kyrenia and rightly so. It was full every night we were there, even though it was December. We ate fairly early (7.30-ish) and managed to get a table on both the evenings we visited, but I think it would be necessary to book in advance in the summer season or if you wanted to eat later.
The food is mostly cooked on the huge grill in the middle of the dining room and we thought it was excellent. Staff are friendly and attentive.
Favorite Dish: The house speciality is the "full kebab", which consists of about 8 different types of mezes which are served all at once and then various different types of meat and grilled haloumi cheese are served directly on to your plate from the grill as and when they are ready. Everything was delicious and by the end of the meal we were so stuffed that we were glad when the grillman stopped serving us more meat. We did manage to sample the puddings from the chiller cabinet after a short rest however!
Prices were very reasonable - the full kebab for two people, plus a bottle of local wine, mineral water, desserts, coffee and brandy afterwards cost us about 75YTL. The steaks we had on our second visit were a little more expensive at about 100YTL with the same extras, but were also delicious.
One of the most different cafe&restaurant i have ever been.. the owners are Turkish Cypriots and have their own Lusignan Newsletter which is very informative about the things you can find in North Cyprus... art.. politics... museums... things to do... they have their visitors' book so that you can learn from the experiences of the others... very relaxing and informative place to be.. also wednesdays, fridays and saturdays are Cypriot night with live Cypriot music and cuisine..
Favorite Dish: kebab..
In the garden of Nostalgia Hotel, in which i had one of my best stays, with very very much friendly and smiling stuff... delicious soup and fish restaurant on the way to Kyrenia harbour.. if your wish is to taste local food of Northern Cyprus you are in the rightest place..
Favorite Dish: tomato soup, imam bayildi
In a very nice garden, get in the door and find yourself in the midddle of the history with friendly stuff and delicious Italian cuisine... If it is with your lover then basically it is called romance (or the birth of romance cos my love isn't the best romantic:) )
Favorite Dish: Tagliatte..
If you want to try eating in real local places (no English menu, no chicken kiev, no cheeseburger...) there is a cluster of 10-15 of them them hidden away in the center of town.
The staff speak some English, but it would help to familiarise yourself with the names of some local dishes before you go.
Located in one of most beautiful places in the whole Cyprus, Bellapais Gardens restaurant offers excellent food matching its breathtaking scenery.
It is situated on a cliff overlooking Kyrenia district. There is also a good view of the Bellapais Monastery.
We were also quite happy with the service of the waitstaff.
Personally I loved the area by the fireplace where you could enjoy an aperitif, or coffee & desert after your meal.
Favorite Dish: Pepper Steak, Steak with Mushrooms and the House Special all seemed to be prepared with care, and tasted delicious...
The Ambiance is suitably located 10-15km in the east of Kyrenia. It has a huge terrace by the sea. When the weather is cold or rainy, you eat inside with a sea-view, and the atmospere is as cozy.
It is a good location for special occasions. It tends to be packed during weekends.
Hmm, what to eat?
There are two options: something from the a-la-carte menu, or the full-mixed kebap with mezes.
There is a buffet for dessert.
Favorite Dish: I tend to go for their kebap menu - meze is my weakness. And the black-forest cake from the buffet is my favourite.
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